Archive for June, 2009

Today’s Video Break

Today’s Video Break

Rolling monks on fire + Phillip Glass = video strangeness Thanks to Miss Celliana for the link!

Posted in: Audiobooks
Download free audiobooks to your iPod

Download free audiobooks to your iPod

Public libraries using OverDrive as their download service for audiobooks, eBooks, music, and video just expanded their offerings – and made quite a few patrons much happier. In the past, iPod users were frustrated with the Windows-MP3 device-only compatibility with OverDrive’s file format. But the release of OverDrive’s no-cost Media Console version 3.2 for Windows […]

Posted in: Audiobooks
Audio Publishers Association Survey

Audio Publishers Association Survey

Pre-loaded audio format and downloads increase, childrens & YA numbers decrease. Total industry revenue down only 6.7%. Audiobooks remain a bright spot in publishing. Get more information by reading the complete 2009 APA Sales Survey press release here.

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Go to Guernsey

Go to Guernsey

Did your book group love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society? Now you can enter the Take Your Book Group to Guernsey sweepstakes. The winner and five friends will visit Guernsey from Friday October 2nd through Monday October 5th, 2009.  Activities will include a joint book discussion with a UK book group and an island tour.

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Want to narrate an audiobook?

Want to narrate an audiobook?

Just in case you missed my mention on Twitter: Scott Brick, award-winning audiobook reader & producer, has teamed up with the Audio Publishers Association to create Share the Experience, a virtual American Idol for aspiring audiobook narrators. Here’s the scoop from Brick’s awesome blog: To celebrate my tenth anniversary as an audiobook narrator, I’ve enlisted […]

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Secret Subway:  The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler

Secret Subway: The Fascinating Tale of an Amazing Feat of Engineering by Martin W. Sandler

Lynn: One of the best things about reading is learning cool facts to share. Secret Subway (National Geographic, May 2009) is packed with interesting facts and fascinating stories that will enthrall readers – teens and adults. How can you not love a book that shares the story of how the first subway was dug in […]

Reading with Scissors

Reading with Scissors

The Chicago Tribune reports on a case of book-phobia that’s not all that far from ALA headquarters: Antioch, Illinois (“Some parents seek to ban ‘The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian’,” by Ruth Fuller). According to the story: Some parents of incoming freshmen at Antioch High School want an assigned summer reading book pulled […]

Posted in: Book News
Stitches

Stitches

I just finished Stitches: a memoir by David Small, which was all the buzz at BookExpo. This graphic novel memoir cinematically captures Small’s horrific childhood and adolescence with his parents in 1950s Detroit. His father, a taciturn doctor rarely home for dinner, and emotionally repressed mother, who slammed around the house for no discernable reason, […]

Posted in: Book Groups, Book News
Survey Says…

Survey Says…

ReadingGroupGuides has published the results of its 2009 Reader Survey, which was conducted in March and April. The 62-question survey was completed by more than 6,000 members of book groups. Here are some highlights: Most popular place to meet: members’ homes, on a rotating basis Most common numbers of members in a group: 5-9 Most […]

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The 2009 Barry Award Nominees

The 2009 Barry Award Nominees

Deadly Pleasures magazine and Mystery News magazine just announced the 2009 nominations for the annual Barry Award for various “bests” in crime and mystery fiction. To see the complete list, go to http://www.blackravenpress.com/BarryAwards2009.htm.

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